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February 10, 2010 > Have a romantic Valentine's Day

Have a romantic Valentine's Day

By Meenu Gupta

Indulge in romance this Valentine's Day. From gourmet dinners and chocolate fountains to romantic dances and enthralling entertainment, the Tri-City area provides countless opportunities to make this Valentine's Day one that couples will remember forever. President's Day, a holiday for many, will follow on Monday so you can dance the night away.

Images of hearts, doves, winged cupid have dominated February, the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages. Legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor's daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first 'valentine' when he wrote her a letter and signed it 'Your Valentine,' words still used on cards today.

Dinner/dance at ICC:
Lovebirds can enjoy a delicious dinner and bar at India Community Center in Milpitas. Scintillating fire dances by the 'Fire Pixie' group and dance performances by Jollywood and Stayfit choreographed by Mona Sampath Dance Company, will add an unforgettable sparkle to the romantic night. During the party guests will enjoy dance performance by Marco, Shelly and Ricky, dancing with Salim promise entertainment for everyone. Best dressed man, woman and couple will be awarded. Swing to lilting tunes of romantic duets and karaoke. To purchase tickets visit The proceeds will go towards the ICC Senior Program, which hosts activities such as Yoga, academic discussions, and senior nutrition program.

Niles Canyon Wine Train:
One of the best ways to celebrate is to enjoy a relaxing vintage train ride through scenic Niles Canyon from Sunol to Niles and back. En route six wines selected from the Livermore Valley will be served paired with hors d'oeuvres. The train features Southern Pacific parlor-lounge car #2979, newly restored to its elegant 1940 appearance. Winner of an Art Deco Society of California preservation award, the car features plush lounge seating and a semi-circular mahogany bar framed by etched glass and mirrors. An open air car is also included on the train to enjoy the picturesque view. 1940 s attire is encouraged. Tickets are $75. To purchase tickets, please visit Please note that the parlor-lounge car is not wheelchair-accessible.

Valentine Masti:
Spend your Valentine's Day with double treat- listening to romantic music while enjoying sumptuous dinner. INDUZ, a non-profit organization, presents Valentine Masti 2010 a complete package of fun for the entire family featuring couple games, DJ dancing, separate kids area with kids activities and free childcare. Proceeds benefit Induz's art and music programs for underprivileged children. Purchase tickets at

Valentine crafts:
This celebration isn't just for lovers but for the young and old alike. Art projects at your local library will keep your kids busy crafting. Valentine's Day craft afternoon workshop will be held in the Meeting Room, making paper dragons and Valentines. No registration necessary, just drop in for this free program. For more information contact Mary Ayers (510) 795-2627 x15 or write to Make valentine's for your family and friends. You might also choose to make a heart pin or bracelet. All supplies are provided by the Fremont Friends of the Library. Registration is necessary and is ongoing. Especially for school age children but younger children are welcome if accompanied by an older helper.

Humane Society Adopt-a-thon:
Find your new "true love" at Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) Valentine's Adopt-a-thon. During this adoption extravaganza, animal care specialists will be throughout the day to assist pets and adopters to get acquainted with each other. Guests will enjoy live music, silent auctions and professional photo portraits with their new pet.

Take your pick and celebrate this Valentine with those you love.

Cupid Valentine's Celebrations

Valentine's Day 2010
Fire & Ice
Saturday, February 13
7 p.m.
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St., Milpitas
(408) 934-1130
Regular $35
Premium Seating: $50, $100, Playcare (2-12 years) $15

Niles Canyon Railway's
Romance on the Rails
Valentine's Day Wine Tasting Trains
Sunday, February 14
2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunol Train Depot
4 Kilkare Road, Sunol
Tickets: $75

Valentines Day Dance for seniors
Wednesday, February 10
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Newark Community Center
35501 Cedar Blvd., Newark
The Canyon Band
$5 per person
(510) 578-4437

Valentine's Day Craft at Alameda County Library
Thursday February 11
5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.
6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark
(510) 795-2627

Valentine Making Workshop
Wednesday February 10, 2010
4:00 PM until 4:30 PM
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1421

Valentine Masti 2010
Sunday February 14
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Athidhi Banquet Hall
727 S Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale
(510) 875-5006
Adults $20, Children $10

Valentine's Adopt-a-thon
Saturday, February 13
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Humane Society Silicon Valley
901 Ames Ave, Milpitas
(408) 262.2133

Fremont Opera's Romance in Opera
Sunday, February 14
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Mission Coffee Roasting Company
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 474-1004
Tickets: $35 per person (includes food and beverage)
Open seating limited to 100 guests
Theater and table setting available; please arrive early for a table

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